Minor in Operations Research

Operations Research is applicable to all majors at the Colorado School of Mines. Specifically, Operations Research involves mathematically modeling physical systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to determining a course of action for said system to either improve or optimize its functionality. Examples of such systems are: manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socio-economic systems, power systems, mechanical systems, e.g. those that produce energy, and mining systems. The formal approach includes optimization, (e.g., linear programming, nonlinear programming, integer programming), decision analysis, stochastic modeling, and simulation.

The Operations Research minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. Only three of these hours may be taken in the student's degree-granting department. Three of these hours must consist of a deterministic modeling course, three must consist of a stochastic modeling course, and no more than three must draw from a survey course (combining both stochastic and deterministic modeling). Eligible courses include:

Deterministric Modeling
CSCI262: Data Structures
CSCI/MATH406: Algorithms
CSCI404: Artificial Intelligence
EBGN452: Nonlinear Programming*
EBGN455: Linear Programming*
EBGN456: Network Models*
EBGN457: Integer Programming*
EENG307: Introduction to Feedback Control
MATH332: Linear Algebra
EENG417: Modern Control Design
MEGN502: Advanced Engineering Analysis
Stochastic Modeling 
EBGN459: Supply Chain Management*
EBGN461: Stochastic Modeling in Management Science*
EBGN528: Industrial Systems Simulation
EBGN560: Decision Analysis
MATH424: Introduction to Applied Statistics
MATH438: Stochastic Models
MNGN438/PEGN438: Geostatistics
MTGN450: Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments 
Survey Course
EBGN325: Operations Research* 
MNGN433: Mine Systems Analysis
*Equivalently, a student may take the corresponding 500-level course. 


Course Deterministic Models Stochastic Models Survey Frequency Prerequisites
CSCI262: Data Structures X        
CSCI/MATH406: Algorithms X        
CSCI404: Artificial Intelligence X        
EBGN325: Operations Research     X 1x/year MATH112
EBGN452: Nonlinear Programming X     1x/2years EBGN455*, MATH213
EBGN455: Linear Programming X     1x/year MATH332 or MATH348 or EBGN409*
EBGN456: Network Models X     1x/2years MATH111 or EBGN455*
EBGN457: Integer Programming X     1x/2years EBGN455*
EBGN459: Supply Chain Management   X   1x/year MATH111 or MATH530*
EBGN461: Stochastic Modeling in Management Science   X   1x/year EBGN504*
EBGN528: Industrial Systems Simulation   X   1x/year MATH111, MATH530*
EBGN560: Decision Analysis   X   1x/year EBGN504*
EENG307: Introduction to Feedback Control1 X     2x/year DCGN381, MATH255
EENG417: Modern Control Design X     1x/year EENG307
EGGN498: Engineering Design Optimization     X 1x/year** consent of instructor
EGGN502: Interdisciplinary Modeling and Simulation X     1x/year MATH111, MATH225, MATH332, fourier theory
MATH424: Introduction to Applied Statistics   X      
MATH332: Linear Algebra X        
MATH438: Stochastic Models   X      
MNGN433: Mine Systems Analysis     X 1x/year  
MNGN438/PEGN438: Geostatistics2   X   2x/year MN and PE versions offered in alternate semesters  
MTGN450: Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments   X   1x/year Junior standing
Totals 14 11 3  
*= or permission of instructor
1 Not an option for Engineers 
2 Only the MNGN or PEGN option may be taken

Contact Information

Minor forms are available at the Registrar's office. Once the form is filled out, Dr. Newman or Dr. Rebennack will review and sign your minor form. Once signed, return the form to the Registrar's office.

Dr. Alexandra Newman
Associate Professor of Economics and Business
Engineering Hall, 319

Dr. Steffen Rebennack
Assistant Professor of Economics and Business
Engineering Hall, 310


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